Overview

FOR THREE YEARS WE WORKED DAY AND NIGHT TO DELIVER THE SOUND AND FEEL OF OUR LEGENDARY DUAL AND TRIPLE RECTIFIER® STACKS …DIRECT TO TAPE.

Rectifier Recording Preamp Front Panel

Rectifier Recording Preamp Rear Panel

Over the years we have watched a digital parade of “me-too modeling toys” try to seduce you. But we chose an alternative approach to modeling …it’s called REALITY. Got all that? Now let’s try to recreate this process —sound and feel— leaving out everything except the preamp. Ouch! You can see why we almost gave up. We’re not exactly sure how it works or even how we did it …only that we were determined to stuff a Recto® Stack in a two-space rack. And we didn’t stop ‘til it was over the top.

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And in fact, we used the exact same parts and circuitry making it killer for live too. Then we added extra recording tubes, six in total, five custom transformers, a gang of tuned inductors and our thirty years of tone-questing experience to duplicate on tape not just the sound—but the addictive feel of a Recto® stack mic’d up in a great room.

Now those sounds and more are instantly available—any time, anywhere at any volume level. Remember, only Mesa® makes the authentic Recto®. So next time you want to track, don’t get bogged down with hours of set up and miles of cable. Plug straight in to the Recto® Pre-Amp and get right to the heart of your playing—inspiration.

LEGENDARY RECTIFIER PREAMP CIRCUITS FROM THE DUAL, TRIPLE & ROAD KING®

Channel One alone will amaze you. We’ve added the Fat and Brit modes from the mighty Road King® to create a truly powerful arsenal of clean and roots sounds. If you never used Channel Two’s amazing gain sounds, this Pre-Amp would be worth every dime just for it’s Channel One virtues alone. But trust us—there’s more, much more: Raw, Vintage and Modern roam gracefully through all the realms of subtle gain expression before reaching a mind-bending fury of high-gain Recto performance.

RECORD OR LIVE PREAMP INTERFACE

Stereo Live Outputs deliver the exact Recto experience when coupled to our Rectifier 2:100 power amp. Rec Pre even includes our unique Solo control and footswitch for live.
STEREO RECORD AND LIVE OUTPUTS

The Rectifier Recording Preamp provides pure analog “Recto® Direct™” recording circuitry that can be used for recording (or live and uses no digital modeling) as well as dedicated standard “live” outputs for routing to a power amp via six 12AX7 tubes. Two fully independent Channels with six Modes (Ch.1 = Clean, Fat or Brit; Ch. 2 = Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain), featuring independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence & Master Controls. Channel 1 also features a Bright and Pad Switch, while Channel 2 provides a Live Bright/Warm Record Voice Switch. All of this preamp goodness then feeds to independent Record and Live Output Controls as well as a footswitchable Solo Level Control. A Smart Power™ function trigger is also provided, which controls the Smart Power Modes (Deep, Half Drive or Modern) on select MESA Power Amps. (Seeing we are proving so much channel detail hear it might be good to have a photo in the right side-bar that show at least the Mode Switches/choices)

STEREO RECORD AND LIVE OUTPUTS

Stereo Effects Loop
FX LOOP, EXTERNAL SWITCHING & SMART POWER™ TRIGGER

Stereo Recording Outputs capture the sound and feel of a Recto stack mic’ed up in a great room. Three years of R&D went into the circuits behind these jacks! Stereo Live Outputs deliver a great live experience when coupled to any Mesa power amp.

FX LOOP, EXTERNAL SWITCHING & SMART POWER™ TRIGGER

A Parallel Effects Loop with Left/Right Returns and a Mix Control provides seamless stereo processing. The External Switch Jacks allow remote switching control to the two channels and the Solo feature via any latching tip-to-ground switch or controller. An External Trigger port is also provided to activate the Modern mode in Rectifier Stereo Power Amp (or any Smart Power™ function on any Mesa Power Amp) to deliver fully authentic Recto mayhem.

FORMATS AVAILABLE

• Rackmount (2 Rack Spaces)

Reviews

  • "For disciples of that elusive Recto sound, this is a serious tool that provides that tone (and a few others, as well) in a convenient recording package.”

    George Petersen
    MIX Magazine
  • "The Rectifier Recording® Preamp is unlike any direct recording device I’ve ever tested. It sounds and behaves like not one tube amp but six different amps, each of which has its own soul.”

    Emile Menasche'
    Guitar World

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